CERN accelerators require continuous maintenance, adaptation to changing needs and day-to-day follow-up. The Electrical Power Converter Group (EPC) of the Technology Department (TE) is responsible for operating and maintaining the power converters for the whole CERN accelerator complex. The Group is also responsible for the design, production follow-up, testing, installation and operation of the power converters for the future CERN projects.

Founded in 1954 in Geneva, CERN - the European Organization for Nuclear Research is the world's most advanced fundamental research institute for particle physics. Over the last 50 years, it has become a prime example of international collaboration with currently 20 European Member States.

As a Power Electronics engineer, you will be a member of the team responsible for the design, maintenance and operation of the high-power converters at CERN. In particular, you will:

* Be responsible for the design of new high-power converters;
* Draw up technical specifications for the converters and ensure the follow-up of manufacturing and testing activities in the framework of industrial contracts;
* Be responsible for the commissioning, operation and maintenance of power converters in various accelerators at CERN in the power range 10kW-20MW;
* Develop new techniques of analog/digital control systems for high-power converters especially for the SPS main converter;
* Provide support as an expert in these fields to other members of the group;
* Depending on the needs, this function can include the supervision of a team of technicians.

Qualification required
University degree in Electronics or Electrical engineering or equivalent.

Experience and knowledge
* Good knowledge and/or a first experience in power electronics or electrical engineering.
* Knowledge or experience in one or more of the following fields will be considered an advantage:
o Power converter technology and associated semiconductors;
o Measurement techniques and analog electronics;
o Latest tools used for the design and simulation of electronic circuits (for example PSPICE, SABER, SIMPLORER,MATLAB, etc);
o Analog and digital feedback control systems.

* Good communication skills and ability to work in an international multidisciplinary team.
* Good knowledge of either English or French; basic knowledge of the other language or an undertaking to acquire it rapidly.

Eligibility and closing date
Employing a diverse and international workforce is a CERN core value and central to our success.
We welcome applications from all Member States irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or personal situation.

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 21 March 2011. By applying here, you allow CERN to consider your application for any position it considers relevant with respect to your profile. Please ensure you update your profile regularly with any relevant information and that you inform the Recruitment Service if you wish your file to be removed from the database.

Note on Employment Conditions
* We offer a limited-duration contract for a period of five years. Limited duration contracts shall terminate by default on their date of expiry.
Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may be granted an indefinite contract.
* These functions may require shift work and the participation in a regular stand-by duty, including nights, Sundays and public holidays.
* These functions may require interventions in a controlled radioactive environment.

Further details can be found on Job opening in Power Electronics, Switzerland.

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